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Walk Around Portland with Dan Burden


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Dan Burden's presentation at Terwilliger Plaza on June 17, 2011. Event sponsored by Portland State University's Institute on Aging and AARP Oregon.

Dan Burden's presentation at Terwilliger Plaza on June 17, 2011. Event sponsored by Portland State University's Institute on Aging and AARP Oregon.

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  • 1. Livability and the role of Transportation
  • 2. Where do we go from here?
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  • 4. People once fled cities … for their health …
    Tennessee Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida
    Today people are returning to cities …
    … for their health
    Portland, Oregon
  • 5. Living-in-Place in America's
    Aging Cities and Suburbs
    Age Friendly Communities
    Dan Burden, Co-Founder of Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
    Port Townsend, Washington
  • 6. "Walkable Communities:  
    What Makes A Community Walkable and Livable?
    AARP and Portland State University Institute on Aging
    By Dan Burden
    Livable and Walkable Communities Institute
  • 7. Living In Place
    Living in Place remaining in one's home and neighborhood safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one's maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives.
    (National Association of Home Builders)
  • 8. Living in Place
  • 9. Aging in Place
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  • 12. As we age our need for association will continue to grow
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  • 18. Keene, New Hampshire
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  • 20. Walkable Communities will Grow with and Accommodate our demographic trends and needs.
  • 21. As we age access to gentle, friendly exercise will be vital
  • 22. “What is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an older person wants to give up?”
  • 23. “What is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an older person wants to give up?”
    Walking is the exercise
    that does not need a gym. It is the prescription without medicine, the weight control without diet, and the cosmetic that can’t be found in a chemist. It is the tranquilizer without a pill, the therapy without a psychoanalyst, and the holiday that does not cost a penny. What’s more, it does not pollute, consumes few natural resources and is highly efficient. Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe.”
  • 24. What percentage of Americans do not live in a place where aging-in-place will work?
    Answer: : 60-80%
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  • 26. If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic.
    If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.
  • 27. Having less of this…
    Requires more of this…
  • 28. The notion of combining land use and transportation is not new
    “Automobiles are often conveniently tagged as the villains responsible for the ills of cities and the disappointments and futilities of city planning. But the destructive effects of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building.
    The simple needs of automobiles are more easily understood and satisfied than the complex needs of cities, and a growing number of planners and designers have come to believe that if they can only solve the problems of traffic, they will thereby have solved the major problems of cities.
    Cities have much more intricate economic and social concerns than automobile traffic. How can you know what to try with traffic until you know how the city itself works, and whatelse it needs to do with its streets? You can't.”
    Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities , 1961
  • 29. Is this an age-friendly place?
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  • 32. As we age our walking speed slows. This woman took twice as long to get into the street as the younger people. Once in the street it took her three times as long to get to the far side.
  • 33. What’s Wrong Here?
    America’s Wealthiest County
  • 34. What the Community Provided
    What the Customer Wanted
  • 35. What the Community Provided
    What the Customer Wanted
  • 36. Who we built for
    Who we did not build for
  • 37. Who we built for
    Who we did not build for
  • 38. Who we built for
    Who we did not build for
  • 39. Thirty percent of North Americans old enough to drive do not drive. This percentage is increasing.
  • 40. The Pedestrian in America has been marginalized compromised to Death
  • 41. Is this the landscape we want to leave our children?
    From Blight to Boom – Reimaging 3rd Street
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  • 44. As we age access to healthy foods will be critical
  • 45. As we age access to healthy foods will be critical
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  • 47. Twenty years ago Kirkland, Washington declared it would not overly accommodate peak hour SOV travel. Instead they chose to grow “place”, and to focus on the health of its community and people.
  • 48. This is Broadway, in Vancouver, B.C.
    This street was formerly a strip street
    This street and surrounding blocks once had a housing density around 6-7 du/acre.
    This neighborhood is now one of the most sought after places to live, shop, work or play.
    This neighborhood has tripled its density.
    Property values increased ten fold.
    Most of the original homes are still in place.
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  • 50. The Illustrative Plan (above) is the result of this planning approach; it shows the hypothetical buildout of the corridor, locating building footprints (new
    and existing), open space, and parking areas. The corridor was divided into four study areas, the Western Gateway, the Neighborhood Center, the Village Center, and the Town Center. Each area has it’s own unique characteristics and challenges which were addressed.
    Quick sketches were done to study buildings that would result from the hypothetical building footprints in the Illustrative Plan, combined with the proposed height limits in the study areas and potential architectural regulations of the new code. each street, which corresponds to written code regulations.
  • 51. Canada
    Marine Drive, Dundarave, B.C.
    Highway 93, Missoula, Montana
  • 52. Marine Drive, Dundarave, B.C.
  • 53. Building from our Values
  • 54. Quality
    In building facilities to accommodate cars…
    …we often forget about the people
  • 55.
  • 56. Depressive Disorders
    19 million American adults
    • Leading cause of disability in the USA
    • 57. Treatment:
    • 58. Medication
    • 59. Social Contact, including therapy
    • 60. And…..
  • I shopped for a house, but I forgot to shop for a community to live in
    from a suburban Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Neighborhood
    Florida has the lowest rate of volunteerism in the nation.
    What is that all about?
  • 61. Why?
    As we age our need for walking increases GREATLY
  • 62. Mobility
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  • 66. Bridgeport Way, University Place, Washington
  • 67. Marine Drive, Dundarave, B.C.
  • 68. Bridgeport (1999)
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  • 83. We need access to:
  • Housing
  • 88. Are we building the right housing stock?
    Yes and No. The housing Americans need most in their senior years has not been built yet.
    Affordable homes and lifestyles must be built in the right places, the right sizes and mix. We are overbuilding housing we do not need, and failing to build housing we need.
  • 89. Exclusionary Zoning
    Workforce Housing
    In about half of central Ohio’s suburbs, those who teach the children, patrol the neighborhoods and put out the fires can’t afford to live among the people they serve.
    Exclusionary: any community that did not allow for more than 8 residential units per acre.
  • 90. Exclusionary Zoning
    Workforce Housing
    "Granville will never allow it to happen," said Officer Keith Blackledge. He and fellow officers have tried for two years to unionize their department to get higher pay, perhaps enough to enable them to live in the Licking County village 35 miles east of Columbus.
    "Police officers in any neighborhood are going to be good for everyone," said Officer Jon Davis. "Just having them there will improve the quality of the neighborhood."
  • 91.
  • 92. Which neighborhood is more age friendly?
  • 93. America’s First Development
    1550 feet from THE CHEERS BAR, 6 other bars, 8 deli’s, 4 banks, 3 hardware stores, 2 florists, 18 restaurants, 5 churches, grocer, pharmacist, medical and dozens more.
    Beacon Hill, Boston
  • 94. 1550 feet from
    Orlando, Florida
  • 95. Such places do not sprout by happenstance. Driven by irresistible economic forces and shaped by subtly shifting social patterns, they are being created, down to the tiniest detail, by a handful of major developers with a master plan for the new America.…. NY Times, August 15, 2005
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  • 106. Santa Barbara, California
  • 107. Complete Streets
  • 108. Road Diets
  • 109. Every blizzard proves motorists prefer two lane roads
    Indeed they place medians and edge buffers on 4-lane roads when they get to design them (before snow plows arrive). So why not convert to 2-3 lanes, when conditions allow?
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  • 111. Abbott Road, E. Lansing, Michigan
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  • 113. This:
    One less travel lane; bike lanes; parallel to back-in diagonal parking on one side; new pavement
    This 5-lane Main Street was converted to…
    Pottstown PA
  • 114. 1800 vehicles
    per hour
    per lane
    vehicles per hour
    Per lane
    Road Diets
  • 115.
  • 116. Benefits
    Motorist: Safety 25- 40% improvement
    Traffic moves with greater uniformity
    Compact intersections more efficient
    Greater cost savings
    Turns are easier
    Senior friendly (as motorists)
    Senior friendly (as pedestrians)
    Supports transit, walking and bicycling
    Emergency response friendly
    Increased property values (and tax base)
    Community economic development
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  • 119. California Street, Mountain View, California
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  • 121. Speed reductions of 3-7 mph are common
    Hartford, Connecticut